Man Says Gorilla Photo Posted at His Workplace in Racist Taunt

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    A Long Island town is investigating after a highway worker, who is black, says a newspaper clipping of a baby gorilla was posted on a bulletin board in a municipal garage, with words across the top saying it was his "baby photo." News 4's Greg Cergol has the story.

    A Long Island town is investigating after a highway worker, who is black, says a newspaper clipping of a baby gorilla was posted on a bulletin board in a municipal garage, with words across the top saying it was his "baby photo."

    Jimmy Howard, an employee with the Hempstead Highway Department for eight years, tells NBC 4 New York that laughing coworkers pointed out the photo to him on Monday.

    The newspaper clipping of a baby gorilla said "Jimmy's baby photo" across the top he said.

    "I was humiliated," he said. "I was upset and I felt insulted."

    Hempstead officials are investigating to determine who posted the clipping. It has been reported to law enforcement officials.

    Howard's supervisor, Kate Murray, said it was "disgusting" and said there is "zero tolerance" for that kind of thing.

    --Greg Cergol contributed to this story